Top 10 reasons Nevada dwells in the 19th Century
10. THE COWBOY MYTH. Cowpokes out with their critters can't be bothered with mundane nuances of government. 9. NEVADA IS NOT REALLY A STATE. Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia would have worked as one country. As three, they have long suffered. The same thing happened with the Utah Territory. In 1850, the future states of Utah, Colorado and Nevada (minus Clark County) comprised one entity that made political and economic sense. Separately, Nevada becam...
Elder college often disappoints, undermines its aim
Shakespeare seems to bring out the worst in reverential people: the obtuseness, the dullness and hyped-up presentation of a poet and dramatist who needs no glamorization. Some people believe that Shakespeare can only be understood in a modern version. Thus, the line from “Macbeth,” “The night is long that never finds the day,” is rendered in one modern version: “A new day will come at last.” The modernized version is prose: flat and dull. It i...
Veterans death benefits imbroglio
Of all the reprehensible acts of the Obama Administration over the past five years, none was more egregious than the refusal to pay death benefits to the survivors of four Americans killed overseas.
USA at crossroads: New Deal or new Confederacy?
Only Great Depression2 can bring positive change to this corporate plantation of a country. All else has failed. The evidence is now pretty clear that the most recent liberal president of the United States was Richard Milhous Nixon. Among other things, Richard the Rotten signed the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into law. He came close to initiating a policy of treatment rather than crimin...
Buffalo Wild Wings Donates $3,000 to Boys & Girls Club
Screamin’ Hot Concepts, a Franchise of Buffalo Wild Wings, opened its Sparks location in Outlets at Legends on Sept. 30. During the Pre-Grand Opening events, all beverage, alcohol, and dessert sales were contributed to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows raising a total of $3,000. A formal check presentation will take place on Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. Brittany Ward, vice president of marketing and entertainm...
Truckee Meadows fliers urged to shun United
The best laid schemes o’ mice and men / Gang aft agley. — "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns Warning to folks flying in and out of Reno: avoid United Airlines. This may not be possible since United has a quasi-monopoly on flights to and from Reno. But be on notice: United delays and cancelled flights are constant. One of my daughters living in Sparks puts it starkly: “We hate United Airlines. They are horrible! We have had such bad experiences w...
The art of controversy
"Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power" By Victor Navasky Alfred Knopf, 200 pages, 2013 This book is barely worth publishing but Victor Navasky is “somebody,” editor, publisher and owner of Nation magazine for 30 years. His writing is poor. His reporting is poor and his judgment is poor. A far better book is “Killed Cartoons,” by David Wallis (2007). Wallis punctures the persistent myth of the liberal media. His target is censorship: exc...
Moneyball: Invest in texting, tweeting & twerking
As always, the Tribune's crack investigative team has spared every expense to bring you priceless investment advice. BRIAN POLIAN-VAPORIZED. UN,R Coach Polian will be named to the NCAA moral obtuseness watch list. He kept his football team practicing in the toxic pollution of the California wildfires when local schools had shut down all outdoor activity. Perhaps he was trying to acclimate his players to southern California smog. They still got...
Obama’s red line: diplomatic fulcrum for peace
Much to the chagrin of most republican war–hawks, extreme right-wingers and politicians who pray every day at the alter of the U.S. Senate and the tabernacle of Congress for our country’s failure; President Obama has demonstrated his ability to be a peacemaker, negotiator and successful Commander in Chief of our divided, dysfunctional nation. When Obama warned the government of Syria they would be crossing a red line if they used chemical weap...
Putin eats Obama’s lunch
Despite his alleged expertise in basketball, President Obama was recently “faked out of his jock” by the rather diminutive Vladimir Putin. This momentous upset didn’t really occur on the basketball court but it did in the arena of international diplomacy. The whole incident started with Secretary of State John Kerry loudly beating the drums of war over Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people. The day after K...
Even ‘Joe Six Pack’ has become a peacenik
President Obama, the Great Black Hope, has become as shallow and shabby as any white politician. He is a tragic figure. Cornel West, black intellectual and social critic, laments: “He is a shell of a man. There is no deep conviction. There is no connection to anything bigger than he is.” Historian Norman Pollack is bitter, describing Obama as “the reformer manqué, blithely dealing out death. The ‘humanitarian’ Obama personally oversees a world...
How to play pro ball and be cruel to your school
Last week, the Washoe County School District touted another literally incredible increase in high school graduation rates. At 72 percent, we are now approaching former Superintendent Heath Morrison's latest miracle in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. Alas, this week the Nevada Dept. of Education released statewide ratings. "More than 20 percent of schools in Washoe County slipped in the ranking of 604 schools," wrote Reno Gazette-Journal...